Windshield Washer May Not Function as Expected
Body, Interior & Misc., August 17, 2012
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Our Quick Take:
The windshield washer system may not work due to a disconnected fluid hose.
What Should You Do?
General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning September 7, 2012. If you are experiencing a problem with the windshield washer system, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The windshield wiper washer hose on these vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this occurs, washer fluid will be unavailable. A lack of washer fluid could impede the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash. To correct this concern, dealers will secure the windshield washer hose to prevent separation. The General Motors recall number is 12176.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
August 17, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems." The windshield wiper washer hose on these vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this occurs, washer fluid will not be available to the windshield.
A lack of washer fluid could impede the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will secure the windshield washer hose to prevent separation, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 7, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.
GM's recall campaign number is 12176. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration